Jeremy Pinnell's debut is a more sober collection, but it falls in this category as well because it is a pure, unabashed country album. Pinnell has lived the stories he tells of drugs, alcoholism, and bitterness. He places himself comfortably in the outlaw country tradition (see "Outlaw Life") but he certainly doesn't share Luke Bryan's interpretation. According to OH/KY, the outlaw life is anything but fun.
As skilled as Pinnell's backing band is, the standout here is his voice. It's raspy from years of smoking and misuse -- I imagine from shouting into mics at punk and hardcore shows. And while you're waiting for Pinnell to break out into a strident anthem, instead he croons like the world's loneliest cowboy. More than the lyrics, it's Pinnell's separation of his more recent past and his musical roots that makes OH/KY a touching portrait of a man who's ready to face his fears and grow.
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